|Deuteronomy 30:10-142 |
10 When you listen to and heed the voice of the LORD your God to keep his commandments and his statutes, which are written in this book of the law, and when you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. [Where is this voice of the LORD your God to be heard? Where is God to be turned to with all our heart and soul? In verse 14 below he answers: the word, (who is God, John 1:1), is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart so that you may obey it.]
11 This command that I command you this day is not hidden from you, nor is it far off. [His command in the previous verse was to listen to and heed the voice of the Lord your God and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and He then tells us His voice and He is near, in our hearts and mouths, there to be obeyed.]
12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?'
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?'
14 But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, so that you may obey it.2 [God is the word: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was god; John 1:1; God is near you, in your heart and mouth to be obeyed. Turn inward to hear, learn, become pure, become holy, to know God, to see God, to be with Him.]
15 See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil;
16 In that I command you this day to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God shall bless you in the land where you go to possess it.
17 But if your heart turns away, so that you will not hear, but shall be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
18 I announce to you this day, that you will surely perish, and that you will not prolong your days upon the land, where you pass over Jordan to go to possess it.
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.
20 That you may love the LORD your God, and that you may obey his voice, and that you may cleave to him:3 for he is your life, and the length of your days; that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them."
3 Notice! That you may love the LORD your God, and that you may obey his voice, and that you may cleave to him. This is the goal: we must rely totally on him, and obey his voice, to receive the circumcision of the heart, so we can love him with all our heart and soul, that we may live. What is the evidence of your love for God? To obey his voice as Jesus told us: "If anyone loves me, he will obey my spoken words; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him; John 14:23. [their kingdom is their home in the heart of those who obey] .